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Heartland and Hell on Wheels lead nominations for Alberta Film and Television Awards

CBC’s long-running family drama Heartland, AMC’s violent western Hell on Wheels and an indie coming-of-age film about a teenage vampire garnered the most nominations for the 2013 Alberta Film and Television Awards.

The nominees were announced at twin press conferences in Calgary and Edmonton Wednesday morning, but it is Calgary-based productions that are up for the most gold.

Heartland, which CBC just picked up for a seventh season, led nominations with 13 in total, including nods for best dramatic series, two for directing, best-actor nominations for Shaun Johnston and Nathaniel Arcand and one for screenwriting, among others.

“Over time, Albertans have grown into such key roles,” said Heartland executive producer Jordy Randall of Calgary-based Seven24 Films, which also picked up six nominations for its two-hour sci-fi pilot Borealis.

“You see writer, director – you see the top categories. We have Albertans in lead roles. It’s a great example of Alberta talent.”

To qualify for the awards – which are nicknamed the Rosies – a project must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. Craftspeople must have lived in Alberta for the 2012 calendar year.

There were 683 entries this year, up considerably from 2012. There are 23 categories for Alberta productions and 33 for Alberta’s screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists sound technicians and composers.

The awards will be held in Edmonton on May 25 at the Windspear Centre.

Following Heartland in nominations was the AMC western Hell on Wheels, which began production on its third season this week in Calgary, and the feature film Rufus, by Calgary-based writer-director Dave Schultz. Both received eight nominations.

Hell on Wheels is up for best dramatic series, acting nods for Duncan Ollerenshaw and Sydney Bell and a nomination for production design, among others.

“It’s recognition for our cast and our hard-working crew in all the craft categories like editing and sound and costume and makeup and productions design,” said producer Chad Oakes of Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures. “We’re a successful company because of our incredible crew and it’s great they are being recognized for their hard work.”

Calgary director Dave Schultz’s Saskatchewan-shot indie drama Rufus, about a teenage vampire, also picked up eight nominations for Schultz’s Lonely Boy Productions, including for best dramatic feature and both writing and directing nods for Schultz.

Rufus, which premiered at last year’s Calgary International Film Festival, is set to get a theatrical release in the late summer. “It’s quite exciting,” said Schultz. “I’m not one who usually gets awards.”

In fact, it is a good year for low-budget indie projects with Calgary roots, particularly in the Best Dramatic Feature category. Calgary director Robert Cuffley’s Saskatchewan-shot thriller Ferocious will face Harsimran Dhillon’s thriller PSEUDO: Blood of Our Own, Kruno Malnar’s horror film Kept and Kurtis David Harder’s Cody Fitz.

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association will also be honouring the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the Edmonton-based Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta with the Friend of the Industry Award. A Special Achievement Award will also be given to comedian Dave Thomas, who is a co-founder of the seminal comedy series SCTV. It was shot in Edmonton from 1980 to 1982.

Source: Calgary Herald

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Headline, Industry News

Heartland and Hell on Wheels lead nominations for Alberta Film and Television Awards

CBC’s long-running family drama Heartland, AMC’s violent western Hell on Wheels and an indie coming-of-age film about a teenage vampire garnered the most nominations for the 2013 Alberta Film and Television Awards.

The nominees were announced at twin press conferences in Calgary and Edmonton Wednesday morning, but it is Calgary-based productions that are up for the most gold.

Heartland, which CBC just picked up for a seventh season, led nominations with 13 in total, including nods for best dramatic series, two for directing, best-actor nominations for Shaun Johnston and Nathaniel Arcand and one for screenwriting, among others.

“Over time, Albertans have grown into such key roles,” said Heartland executive producer Jordy Randall of Calgary-based Seven24 Films, which also picked up six nominations for its two-hour sci-fi pilot Borealis.

“You see writer, director – you see the top categories. We have Albertans in lead roles. It’s a great example of Alberta talent.”

To qualify for the awards – which are nicknamed the Rosies – a project must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. Craftspeople must have lived in Alberta for the 2012 calendar year.

There were 683 entries this year, up considerably from 2012. There are 23 categories for Alberta productions and 33 for Alberta’s screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists sound technicians and composers.

The awards will be held in Edmonton on May 25 at the Windspear Centre.

Following Heartland in nominations was the AMC western Hell on Wheels, which began production on its third season this week in Calgary, and the feature film Rufus, by Calgary-based writer-director Dave Schultz. Both received eight nominations.

Hell on Wheels is up for best dramatic series, acting nods for Duncan Ollerenshaw and Sydney Bell and a nomination for production design, among others.

“It’s recognition for our cast and our hard-working crew in all the craft categories like editing and sound and costume and makeup and productions design,” said producer Chad Oakes of Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures. “We’re a successful company because of our incredible crew and it’s great they are being recognized for their hard work.”

Calgary director Dave Schultz’s Saskatchewan-shot indie drama Rufus, about a teenage vampire, also picked up eight nominations for Schultz’s Lonely Boy Productions, including for best dramatic feature and both writing and directing nods for Schultz.

Rufus, which premiered at last year’s Calgary International Film Festival, is set to get a theatrical release in the late summer. “It’s quite exciting,” said Schultz. “I’m not one who usually gets awards.”

In fact, it is a good year for low-budget indie projects with Calgary roots, particularly in the Best Dramatic Feature category. Calgary director Robert Cuffley’s Saskatchewan-shot thriller Ferocious will face Harsimran Dhillon’s thriller PSEUDO: Blood of Our Own, Kruno Malnar’s horror film Kept and Kurtis David Harder’s Cody Fitz.

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association will also be honouring the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the Edmonton-based Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta with the Friend of the Industry Award. A Special Achievement Award will also be given to comedian Dave Thomas, who is a co-founder of the seminal comedy series SCTV. It was shot in Edmonton from 1980 to 1982.

Source: Calgary Herald

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Headline, Industry News

Heartland and Hell on Wheels lead nominations for Alberta Film and Television Awards

CBC’s long-running family drama Heartland, AMC’s violent western Hell on Wheels and an indie coming-of-age film about a teenage vampire garnered the most nominations for the 2013 Alberta Film and Television Awards.

The nominees were announced at twin press conferences in Calgary and Edmonton Wednesday morning, but it is Calgary-based productions that are up for the most gold.

Heartland, which CBC just picked up for a seventh season, led nominations with 13 in total, including nods for best dramatic series, two for directing, best-actor nominations for Shaun Johnston and Nathaniel Arcand and one for screenwriting, among others.

“Over time, Albertans have grown into such key roles,” said Heartland executive producer Jordy Randall of Calgary-based Seven24 Films, which also picked up six nominations for its two-hour sci-fi pilot Borealis.

“You see writer, director – you see the top categories. We have Albertans in lead roles. It’s a great example of Alberta talent.”

To qualify for the awards – which are nicknamed the Rosies – a project must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. Craftspeople must have lived in Alberta for the 2012 calendar year.

There were 683 entries this year, up considerably from 2012. There are 23 categories for Alberta productions and 33 for Alberta’s screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists sound technicians and composers.

The awards will be held in Edmonton on May 25 at the Windspear Centre.

Following Heartland in nominations was the AMC western Hell on Wheels, which began production on its third season this week in Calgary, and the feature film Rufus, by Calgary-based writer-director Dave Schultz. Both received eight nominations.

Hell on Wheels is up for best dramatic series, acting nods for Duncan Ollerenshaw and Sydney Bell and a nomination for production design, among others.

“It’s recognition for our cast and our hard-working crew in all the craft categories like editing and sound and costume and makeup and productions design,” said producer Chad Oakes of Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures. “We’re a successful company because of our incredible crew and it’s great they are being recognized for their hard work.”

Calgary director Dave Schultz’s Saskatchewan-shot indie drama Rufus, about a teenage vampire, also picked up eight nominations for Schultz’s Lonely Boy Productions, including for best dramatic feature and both writing and directing nods for Schultz.

Rufus, which premiered at last year’s Calgary International Film Festival, is set to get a theatrical release in the late summer. “It’s quite exciting,” said Schultz. “I’m not one who usually gets awards.”

In fact, it is a good year for low-budget indie projects with Calgary roots, particularly in the Best Dramatic Feature category. Calgary director Robert Cuffley’s Saskatchewan-shot thriller Ferocious will face Harsimran Dhillon’s thriller PSEUDO: Blood of Our Own, Kruno Malnar’s horror film Kept and Kurtis David Harder’s Cody Fitz.

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association will also be honouring the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the Edmonton-based Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta with the Friend of the Industry Award. A Special Achievement Award will also be given to comedian Dave Thomas, who is a co-founder of the seminal comedy series SCTV. It was shot in Edmonton from 1980 to 1982.

Source: Calgary Herald

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